Notes Haney begins Twitter war with Foley

By Doug FergusonMarch 10, 2011, 4:16 am

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – No other caddie has traveled so far to work so little than Steve Williams.

Part of that is because Williams lives in New Zealand, and his 5-year-old son Jett is now going to school. And part of that is Woods playing in different parts of the world this early in the season.

Asked how his frequent flyer profile was looking, Williams just shook his head Wednesday.

“Put it this way,” he said. “Qantas has me on speed dial.”

When he leaves Miami after this week’s Cadillac Championship, Williams already will have flown some 60,000 miles to work four tournaments. In one case, Williams spent more time in the air than his hotel room.

He started in January by flying from Auckland to San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open. Then came the Auckland-Dubai round trip two weeks later. But the worst of it was the Match Play Championship.

“I stayed in my hotel one night and went home,” he said.

Williams arrived in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday. Woods lost in the first round the next day to Thomas Bjorn, and by evening, Williams was on a flight to Los Angeles to catch a connection back home.

After this week, he will stay two days in Orlando for a made-for-TV exhibition, leaving Tuesday and getting home on Thursday. He’ll be home three days before flying back to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, then return home after the tournament.

His wife used to come to America for Bay Hill, and they would go somewhere on vacation before the Masters. But with his son in school, Williams goes back to New Zealand for three days before flying to Augusta.

When he gets home after the Masters, he already will have logged nearly 94,000 miles in the air.


 

TWITTER WARS: Tiger Woods is part of another emerging rivalry – between his coaches.

Sean Foley, who has been working with Woods since the PGA Championship, started with an interview last year in which he was quoted as saying about former coach Hank Haney, “Let’s be honest about this, it’s not like he was flushing it with Hank.”

Then came a story posted Wednesday on golf.com when Foley poked fun at Haney once saying he knew Woods from observing, without ever getting to know him.

Haney has been firing back on Twitter ever since.

“If you want to be entertained go to Golf.com and read Sean Foley’s latest version of ripping Hank Haney, all I can say is wow,” was the first of several tweets from Haney.

He sent out some two dozen tweets – mostly retweets from his followers – over the next five hours related to the dispute. Haney’s twitter account is HankDHaney.


 

SPANISH HERO: Alvaro Quiros knows plenty about Seve Ballesteros and the greatness of his game. But when it comes to Spanish golfing heroes, he starts with Jose Maria Olazabal.

Quiros did not start playing golf until he was 9, and Ballesteros was on the tail end of his career. He remembers Olazabal winning his first Masters in 1994, and especially the second green jacket in 1999 after returning from an injury that nearly ended his career.

“I think Olazabal is a gentleman inside and outside the golf course, and this is the most important thing, to be a gentleman or to be a nice person, more than a great golfer,” Quiros said.

The first time he met Olazabal, the big-hitting Spaniard could barely speak.

It was in 1999 for the American Express Championship at Valderrama, and Olazabal was invited to see the public course when Quiros and other juniors got their start.

“I played with a friend, and on the second tee, suddenly arrives the main guy of the pro shop and he said, ‘Hey, get out of the way because Olazabal is coming behind you,”’ Quiros said. “It was Olazabal! So he arrives to the tee, hits his driver in the third hole and he says, ‘Come on, hit the ball.’

“We were watching each other and I said (to his friend), ‘He’s speaking with us.’ I cannot even put the ball on the tee. I was shaking.”


 

TIGER AND TYSON: NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller didn’t pull any punches two weeks ago when he said Tiger Woods’ downfall reminded him of the Mike Tyson story.

“Sort of invincible, scared everybody, performed quickly under pressure – until Buster Douglas came along,” Miller said. “Tiger sort of hit that and it’s life. And his life crumbled.”

Woods was asked about the comparison with Tyson on Wednesday.

“I don’t think I’m as big as he is,” Woods said. “No, that’s Johnny being Johnny, and making statements like that, I think he’s done that before in the past, hasn’t he?”

Woods then was asked if Miller had crossed the line.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “And he has his, which is a lot.”


 

DIVOTS: Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who grew up together in South Africa, will be in the same pairing the first two days. Schwartzel said it will be the first time they’ve been in the same group for the early rounds since they turned pro. … Tim Clark will be playing for the first time since his runner-up finish at the Sony Open two months ago because of an elbow injury. … Of the 48 PGA Tour members in the 69-man field, five have never won a PGA Tour event – rookie Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na, Jeff Overton, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Streelman, who got into the field based on his third-place finish in the FedEx Cup playoff opener last year at The Barclays.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.